Parks and Recreation Returns With Election Fun, More Ann/Tom Swagger and a Major Jerry Mishap

How Sweetums it is to have Parks and Recreation back.

Leslie Knope and the rest of Pawnee’s finest return tonight (9:30/8:30c, NBC) with the beginning of the end of Season 4 — and TVLine has scoop straight from showrunner Mike Schur about what to expect in the homestretch (including the big debate and election episodes).

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PARKS IN THE PAST? | Fret not, Knope lovers. Schur says that regardless of how the election pans out — which, win or lose, could put the politico on “a perhaps different, unknown path” — Leslie won’t be leaving her Parks post. “City Council jobs are part time, so there’s no scenario in which she would disappear from the department,” the EP assures.

JERRY STRIKES AGAIN | To steal a term from Community, Jerry may have totally “Britta’d” Leslie’s campaign. Jim O’Heir (who portrays the office doof) tells us, “Jerry is behind a huge mishap — huge! — that could potentially alter the entire election.” Any guesses?

STAR POWER | “We have one scene coming up with Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Kathryn Hahn, Rashida Jones and Adam Scott,” Schur gushes. “That is like the cast of a giant feature film that you would kill to make!” Rudd is set to make his return during the big debate episode (which airs April 26 and was written and directed by Poehler), and, teases Schur, “A lot of giant, eventful things happen when he’s around.”

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SWAGGER SWEETIES | Love ’em or hate ’em, Tom and Ann the couple (or whatever they are) are here to stay. “They’re not staring deep into each others’ eyes and mooning over each other,” Schur explains. “But we find them funny together… Ann is constantly wondering what she’s doing and breaking up with Tom, while he is constantly doing stupid things to impress her. So, we’re going to keep them loosely connected for as long as we think it’s funny.” And what about Chris, the hopeless romantic who may still be crushing on Ann? All Schur will say is that, “He’ll soon make a decision about what he wants in his life, and go for it!”

What Parks and Rec scoop has you most excited for its return?

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  1. noa says:

    “That is like the cast of a giant feature film that you would kill to make” well daaaahhh! those are the stars of Philly Justice. the best new show of 2003…

    • mawhi says:

      Aw man, Philly Justice was the best. So psyched they got the whole cast back together for an episode! Well, the original cast. It’s so nice that Rudd got the chance to be included.

      • Linda says:

        Ahhh.. I miss Philly Justice SO bad!! It was such a great show! Hope Dylan McDermott will guest star on Parks in the future. The chemistry between him and the rest of the cast was just amazing. Would love to see the whole gang again, one last time!

        • Jessica says:

          Ooh, that might get awkward for Paul though! It must be weird working with the people who stayed on the show you were fired from, but then to have to act with your replacement? Could make for some juicy behind the scenes gossip!

    • Lindsey says:

      I thought that was a funny quote because all of the people listed were in Our Idiot Brother with the exception of Amy Poehler. Maybe it wasn’t exactly a “giant feature film,” but it’s pretty much been done. Definitely a great cast though!

      Too bad about Ann and Tom though. There’s something extremely off about it. Some unexpected couples work (like Berg and Irene on Two Guys and a Girl, for anyone who remembered), but Tom and Ann are not one of them. Ann gets more and more desperate each season, and I think this relationship shows she’s hit rock bottom. I almost don’t mind it going on a little longer just because I’m interested to see where it’ll go. But I hope it gets wherever it’s going soon.

  2. I think Chris and Ann were cute together, but I also think he was kind of a jerk (in his attempts to be nice) when they were breaking up. I’d like to see them back together eventually. For now, Tom and Ann are funny, though.

  3. I am exicted about ALL the scoop. This is my favourite sitcom by far, it is never bad!

  4. Dash says:

    Excited! Missed Parks & Rec. It’s been far too long!

  5. jcshell says:

    Love this show and so happy to have it back! But am I the only one who hates Tom and Ann together? I don’t think that storyline has been funny at all.

    • Guest says:

      No, it’s super weird. Like, are even they making out? Having sex? I can’t tell how far their romantic relationship goes, if it even goes at all. They have zero chemistry and they’re extremely incompatible.

    • Christine says:

      No, you are not the only one. I love love LOVE this show and really hate hating anything about it, but I kind of hate Tom and Ann. I think we are stuck with it for the rest of the season though. Hopefully, the writers will be smart enough to drop it after that.

      On another note, I really hope we get official confirmation of a fifth season soon!

  6. Carmichael says:

    > “We have one scene coming up with Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Kathryn Hahn, Rashida Jones and Adam Scott,”

    I’m not entirely clear as to why Hahn’s on that list, she’d be the female Kyle Bornheimerif Lennon Parham didn’t have that distinction. Maybe she’s the female David Walton?

  7. mm says:

    Best show on tv!!! So excited for tonight!

  8. AJ says:

    Ugh Ann and Tom aren’t funny together, they were NEVER funny together. I wish they would just break them up already. They’re such a weird pairing with absolutely zero chemistry. They writers need to end this little lapse in judgement now, it’s nauseating. I want to see more April and Andy or Leslie and Ben!

    • Chris says:

      thats what makes it so funny. Ann’s at a time when she’s just going with how she feels living with “the motto” in her head. And Tom’s a douche. He’s always been. They have NO chemistry. This is what makes it so funny. It’s hilarious. They don’t plan on getting married. They don’t plan on looking into each other’s eyes and holding hands. They’re just horny. They’re just alone. They break constantly. It’s not expected. It’s not even gonna do them well. It’s just funny. Like Schmidt and Cece from New Girl. They seem more like FWBs. And that’s funny.

  9. Andrew says:

    The writers must not understand that in a council-manager form of government, if the character Leslie were to win election, that she could not both work under the city manager in the parks department and be his boss at the same time. In reality she would have to leave her position in Parks & Rec regardless of whether or not the job was full time.